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Graduate FAQs

The DigitalGrads Academy

What is the DigitalGrads Academy?

It’s a free programme that we have devised and tested to help graduates up-skill and get jobs. First, we start by training you via an online training programme in a specific digital marketing discipline and if you pass the training and meet our eligibility criteria we help you find a permanent digital marketing role.

Once you have passed the training in step 1, we assess your application and then create you a profile in our Hiring Hub and that’s where potential employers come to find interns and employees.

Is your training accredited?

At the moment no. We are a brand new business and we are proving the concept of pre-employment training in digital marketing for graduates. We are working on this though. More than anything we think the proof is in the pudding, and so far we have helped a fair few grads into employment. You can check out what they have to say here>>

How much does the training cost?

The good news is that it’s completely free for recent graduates. It’s free because we know you come out of uni with a huge debt, and this is the point in your life when you need a break. Think of us like your fairy godmother!

To be clear, we do get paid. The employer pays us when they hire you, so we’re not only doing it out of the goodness of our hearts. We have to eat too.

What salary can I expect to earn at the end of the training?

It really depends upon who you go on to work for, and what industry the business operates in. You will be paid no less than the rate of the National Living Wage whilst you are learning during your Internship. Should the employer take you on as a full-time member of staff thereafter, we find that many of our graduates start on salaries of much more than that – usually £20-25k.

Can I take the training if I’m not a recent graduate?

We consider a recent graduate to be someone who has graduated within the last 3 years. You are welcome to pay for the training if you are a career changer. We have three courses available which are: social media marketing, search engine marketing and video marketing with many more coming soon. The normal charge for the training will be £30 per month. But the charge for the training today is just £50 for lifetime access as the training is currently limited. If you choose to do this you will retain access to the Academy for life and be able to take all the new training courses in the future as they go live.

If you would like to do this please email hello@digitalgrads.com and we will send you a payment link.

Am I guaranteed a place?

You’ve heard this before. There are no guarantees! We have high demand for our training courses, and a limited number of places on our courses. You will have to meet our eligibility criteria to get a place which involves completing an online form and chatting to one of our team first. We’re looking for grads with a genuine desire to work in digital marketing. To find out if you are eligible, fill out our simple application form and we will be in touch to take a few more details from you.

Do I need prior experience in digital marketing?

You do not need any previous experience in digital marketing to take the training in the DigitalGrads Academy. Our courses were created to help graduates like you get the skills and experience they need to work in the industry. If you do have some prior work experience – great – you are still more than welcome to take the training.

How many hours a week does the training require?

We recommend you allocate around 5 hours per week for 1-2 weeks. We will create you a personalised training programme so you can fit the study in around your life. Training can be taken an hour at a time, one hour per day, or you can get your head down and get it done over a couple of days if you have the time to do that.

Can I do the training in my own time?

All of the course can be completed in your own time, at your own pace, whenever you want to do it. All we ask is that you make yourself available for catch-ups with your Mentor and our training organisers.

Can I work in paid employment during the training?

Yes of course. We understand that you need to work to pay  the bills just as we do. If you are in full-time work we suggest that you try to allocate an hour a day to the training. We will send you SMS and email reminders with links to the training videos.

Why have I not received my training information?

Within 2 days of making your application you will receive a link to accept our Terms and Conditions. If you do not accept our Terms and Conditions within 2 days your application will expire. This means that you will not receive instructions on how to access the training hub. If you think this has happened to you please email hello@digitalgrads.com 

The DigitalGrads Hiring Hub

What’s the Hiring Hub?

The DigitalGrads HiringHub is an online platform where employers come to browse graduate profiles to look for young digital marketers for their entry-level roles.

What is the process for getting on to the Hiring Hub?

We operate a 4 step process for getting on to the Hiring Hub:

  • Step 1 – Complete our online training. The training is free for anyone who has graduated within the last 3 years, no catches.
  • Step 2 – Pass our eligibility process. This involves sending us evidence of your right to work in the UK, evidence of your degree grades and evidence of relevant work experience. See below for the full list we require.
  • Step 3 – Submit a short intro video – you can find more instructions here >
  • Step 4 – Have an assessment interview with one of the DigitalGrads team.

Can anyone get onto the Hiring Hub?

Unfortunately not. Hiring Hub profiles are exclusive to people who have passed our DigitalGrads Academy training. Once you have successfully completed 2 subjects of training your application will be assessed by one of our team.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Getting into Digital Marketing is competitive, and to make sure your profile is attractive to employers we require that you have a Skype interview with one of our senior marketing professionals, and also provide us with the following information:

  • Your CV.
  • Graduation date and evidence of your degree (certificate).
  • Passport or Driving Licence as evidence of right to work in the UK.
  • Evidence of relevant work experience (or your own work) totalling 6 months or more.
  • A minimum of 3 pieces of portfolio work, which has to meet the standard required by the businesses we represent.
  • Have a 15 minute Skype interview to assess your application.

Can you guarantee me work after the training?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will find you a suitable role, but we promise that we will do our damnedest to help you. We only get paid when we place you into employment, so it really is a win-win for us both.

We pride ourselves in being the best (and only) organisation that specialises in digital marketing training and recruitment. That means we have a much better chance of finding you a role with an employer who needs specific digital marketing skills.

When does my profile go live on the Hiring Hub?

Your Hiring Hub profile goes live when you have met all of our eligibility criteria. We make an assessment based on you passing at least 2 courses with a minimum score of 80%, submitting evidence of relevant work experience, and finally we ask you to make yourself available for an interview with one of our senior marketing professionals.

When this process is complete you can expect a decision within 2 workings days and your profile to be live within a further 5 days.

How long does it take to get a job at DigitalGrads?

Once your profile is live on our Hiring Hub and an employer selects you they would follow their normal interview process which may include a Skype or telephone interview followed by one or two face-to-face interviews. A normal recruitment process would take at least a month from selection, sometimes longer.

Getting into digital marketing is incredibly competitive, and we don’t have all the jobs available so we encourage you to continue your job search elsewhere too.

How many grads get jobs through DigitalGrads?

Within 3 months of being on the Hub, over 50% of grads get jobs through us. 80% of grads who make it on to the Hub and who complete our training go on to get jobs in digital marketing whether that’s through us or by themselves.

Can I get an internship through DigitalGrads?

Absolutely yes. All of our internships are designed to transition to full-time roles. So if at this time you are only looking for a 3 or 6 month internship because you are for example going travelling later, we will bear you in mind if that comes up with an employer, but we won’t add you to the Hiring Hub. You continue to be welcome to take the training and we encourage you to come back to us when you are looking for your first full-time permanent role.

What is a DigitalGrads Internship?

A DigitalGrads Internship is a fixed-term full-time work contract that typically lasts for between 1-6 months. It is a paid placement designed to get you the all important work experience in a business. Internships are ideal for those of you who have not yet had any consistent time working for one employer in digital marketing. The main difference between a DigitalGrads internships and those from other grad recruitment agencies, is that we are on hand throughout to answer any marketing related questions you may have. You also retain access to our training portal during year 1 of employment.

Does an Internship guarantee me a permanent role?

There are no guarantees in life! It is always our hope that the employer you work for during the Internship offers you a full-time role at the end of the contract. The employers are typically using the Internship programme to try out new graduates for vacant positions.

What happens if I’m not offered a permanent role at the end of the Internship?

First off it’s not the end of the world, and doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. Businesses change their minds about all sorts of things – all of the time. It’s also not goodbye from us. Now that you have an Internship under your belt we will work equally hard to find you a permanent position. We will update and re-fresh your Hiring Hub profile to reflect all the fab new experience you have, and we will help you find a permanent position.

If I do an internship or the training with you, do I have to get a full-time role through you?

You are not bound to us in any way. It’s our hope that the DigitalGrads Hiring Hub helps you get a permanent role, of course we’d like it to be through us, but the important thing is that you get a job. So whether that’s through us or through someone else, we will be congratulating you all the same.

Hopefully these FAQs have answered most of your questions. If you would like to know anything else please just send us an email to hello@digitalgrads.com. And, if you’re ready to get started head on over here to reserve yourself a training spot.